University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Primary Care Track


Kelly Lavin, MD


Thank you for your interest in the University of Wisconsin Internal Medicine Residency Primary Care Track! As the program director, I consider it a great honor and privilege to teach residents, and my goal is to help you align your education with your professional goals and personal values.

I am very enthusiastic about the practice of medicine and have always found working with patients to be personally and intellectually rewarding. I look forward to sharing the joy of providing longitudinal care to the community of patients we serve. 

Kelly Lavin, MD, associate program director and director of the UW Primary Care Track


The UW Primary Care Track educates the next generation of general internists to provide the complete range of adult primary care: health promotion, prevention and screening, and diagnosis and management of acute and complex illnesses. You’ll train at outpatient and inpatient sites carefully selected to best facilitate the breadth of knowledge and skills required to be a complete internist.

Faculty in our Division of General Internal Medicine practice at eight different clinics, and are great resources as you envision the kind of setting in which you would like to work. Division faculty also demonstrate the range of career paths for general internists: administrative, research and education leaders can help you achieve any career goal you choose.  

UW primary care physicians in clinic

Program Highlights

  • The Primary Care Program is a 4+4 model, with alternating months of inpatient experiences (wards, consults, ICU) and outpatient/primary acre experiences. The 18 ambulatory months of your training integrate core primary care experiences with targeted subspecialty learning opportunities, program-wide clinical and professional skills didactics, and primary care program-specific didactic and learning experiences.
  • The Primary Care Track is based at the UW Health Union Corners Clinic. The clinic’s unique pod setup facilitates true interdisciplinary team-based care for patients. Two on-site behavioral health psychologists and a team psychiatrist ensure that patients with mental health diagnoses receive timely, effective and coordinated care.
  • We will also be implementing a hub and spoke model to help people with addictive disorders, and will train residents in Suboxone prescribing. This is with support from the attending physician, an addiction medicine specialist, nurse care coordinator, patient advocate and behavioral health clinicians.
  • Advanced practice providers, a nurse care coordinator, and a pharmacist round out our team.

Dr. Briana Jelenc and NP at clinic

  • We offer complete telemedicine training and a curriculum to help you build skills in this very relevant area.
  • As the primary care physician for your own panel of patients, you’ll assess preventive and chronic disease measurable outcomes, and plan with faculty members how to improve processes of care so that your patient outcomes steadily improve over the course of training. 
  • You’ll participate in a weekly web-based, case-based, and well-referenced curriculum with your continuity clinic attending. This three-year curriculum comprehensively reviews the field of general medicine. 

Primary care resident with poster

  • We encourage primary care-based scholarly activities, and the Division of General Internal Medicine provides support for presentations at the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) annual national meeting. 
  • Our evidence-based medicine curriculum helps grow your skills in appraising and applying evidence to patients.
  • We offer protected educational time focused on primary care topics each week while you’re on your ambulatory block. This is led by our Primary Care Track Chief Resident and offers time for collaboration with fellow primary care track residents.